Love and Humility in American Politics (Imagine That)
This article linked below is over a year old, but the ideas in it only become more relevant by the day. It’s short and has things that desperately need to be said to Christians.
I think the point that concerns me most is the one the author makes before he starts the list -- that many Christians “do” politics the way the world does. We have not risen above the sinful ways of the world. We are contentious, disrespectful, angry, hateful -- all things God hates. Christians excuse this behavior because they feel they are fighting for a moral cause: in other words, the ends justify the means. So wrong.
I have strong sympathies for positions held by both parties, and I have strong objections for positions held by both parties, so I tend to be conflicted about all elections. But one thing I hate about both parties right now is the self-righteousness they have in common. Democrats and Republicans alike exude a moral superiority, both in their conventions and in statements made by their followers to the press or on social media. Then, if I vote for a particular candidate, I am often choosing the lesser of two evils, but the party gloats over the victory and considers it a mandate for every part of their platform, even the parts I abhor. I see no humility, no consideration that the other side might have some points to consider.
The Bible has very little to say about politics itself. We have to determine how to be involved based on scriptures about Christian life and behavior in general. Here are some to consider:
James 1:19: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.
Romans 12:14: Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Romans 12:18: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Here’s one where God does address a political issue:
Romans 13:6: Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, pay revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
These verses do not mean we cannot work for what we see as justice and righteousness in our laws, but when we insult others and alienate them, they not only won’t be persuaded to see our side, but they also associate our behavior with Jesus. We dishonor and discredit him. Remember that love must be above all.